Josh brought up the issue of (over)specialisation. I was right there with him. I truly enjoy quite a few aspects of academia and hope that I can build compentencies in multiple areas. I suppose one issue is the lack of time to do everything well. I’m hopefully trying to add another plank in the NT-patristics bridge. However, I feel like I’m a jack of two trades, but a master of neither. At the same time I find it difficult to find any time at all to 2nd Temple Judaism, much less OT.

I suppose different projects demand different specialties, and right now I am forced to produce something that adds to scholarship, so it requires some level of mastery. Another friend Kevin, who shall soon arrive here in Durham, phrased it well: ‘Ph.D. students go from primarily being recipients of knowledge and instruction, to sources of it.’ The flip side of that is that in order to find a new area of research one must often work with more obscure areas or they must do something interdisciplinary. You can end up picking a topic with so little written about it that you are inventing the wheel. Or by doing something interdisciplinary you have to become the master of two fields. I suppose my goal is to be a more up on Pauline studies than patristics but to still try to do both well. We’ll see how it goes…

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